THE MEETING PLACE

Scruffy and I reunite in the kitchen, once again, moving and grooving like time never passed.  Alongside, mini Scruff, Lydia, and Jane, another dear Colorado sister.  Wood burning stove roaring, Nina Simone wailing in the background, sweet clouds of warmth and deliciousness fill the air. With Lydia on my hip as she intently watches me and her mama cooking up a storm. Making a simple, nourishing and full flavor meal for the New Year to come.

Preparations

Steaming collards and stirring a pot of black-eyed peas, keeping a close eye on the delicate Sole in the oven smothered in fresh dill, cilantro and the juice of a sumo orange and a Meyer lemon ( from my mama’s trees). Scruffy whipping up a Meyer lemon rum meringue pie with a gingersnap crust, drool.  So scrumptious! Hand whipping her egg whites with a hand-cranked beater, sprinkling, pouring and grinding different ingredients. She bakes the way I cook, no recipe.

Still dreaming of that luscious creation and even better the next day cold. Samson pacing back and forth with his ever hopeful eyes that something will drop on the floor.

 5 reason to cook at home:

Cook at Home

– SAVE money: we spent less than $20 on food for 3  1/4 people. ( not including the $15 bottle of wine). Leftovers can morph into another meal the next day. Buy in bulk, buy in season, buy local.

– HEALTHIER: you know where your food comes from and how it’s prepared. Peace of mind and happy belly.

– you can blast the MUSIC AND DANCE. obviously.

– ROUND 2:  only at home can you eat out of the pot. I do like to recreate that perfect bite, just one more time.

– you can taste the LOVE: the good stuff my friends, you will feel and taste the difference.

There are more reasons why you need to eat home made food, as it helps you stay healthy.

Some words:

My place of creation happens to be a meeting place for many. Dial in your space of creativity so you can play and then offer your gifts. I hope to inspire you to whip something up tonight or this weekend. Keep it simple, start with fresh ingredients, crank the music, have some friends over or enjoy alone and always put your love into it.

ENVISION THIS

 

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Our cars packed to the brim with pots, pans, a stove, knives, machetes, bags of beans, racks of coconuts, kilos of rice, and a pile of surfboards strapped to the top of the car. 3 jungle sisters and a handsome photographer embarking on a journey to bring Jungle Soul Table to the Envision Festival. With thousands of people pouring into Uvita, we trekked north to co-create and nourish the masses. My phone ringing every few minutes with different food distributors calling to sell or coordinate pick up and delivery of the local goods was quite hilarious. Exchanging and bartering for food, meeting in parking lots, farms and grocery stores throughout the day into night, sourcing the yum….

4 days of cooking, dancing, yoga, and surfing. An experience of a lifetime, one we will never forget. People from all over the world collaborating in the jungle to co-create for a weekend of self-expression.  Still struggling to fully capture the experience into words, hope you can taste a snippet from our photos.

My dear friend and sidekick these past few weeks. Cocreating magic to document a slice of the book I’ve been writing.

Much gratitude and respect to you my friend for putting up with me. Thank you for sharing your art:

for more info: contact us here

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Zipporah photos by this lovely goddess: follow her art and be inspired here:

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some words:

Working on this book has been one of my biggest challenges. Learning so much every day, inspired by the souls around me, coming into my voice and what aspects of life truly fuel me. Gathering the pieces, bringing it together from many lessons in the kitchen, in the water, in love, and with my own personal health journey.

My mission to share my experience with you to evoke inspiration, light, and knowledge. With help from my creative dual Ms. Zipporah Lomax and my friend the photographer Edu, this book is ready to be birthed. Zippy said to me yesterday, “deadlines are like crystal meth for creatives”. My procrastination must come to end, the time is NOW. So set your deadlines, my friends. Let us share the art and knowledge, and pass it on. Call in what you seek.

All my love,

A NEW MORNING: PART 2

If you loved a new morning part 1, you will love this second part even more than the first.

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10 easy steps to a new morning and a new YOU. 

  • BUENAS DIAS: When healing, pregnant, elderly and/or sick allow your body to sleep. If not, try waking as the sun is rising.
  • TRANQUILO: As you awake be gentle with yourself. Check in with your breath, your body and mind. Give thanks for another morning. Try to keep the chatter to a minimum. Wait to open your computer until after you have nourished yourself on all levels. It can wait. ( Unplug your wireless internet before you go to bed. Wait to rev it back up until after you check in with YOU.

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TOOTH CARE:

  • brush: Try circular motions with soft bristles. Easy on the gums.
  • floss – Someone once told me to care for your teeth as you would your bum. Give attention to the surface, but what lies between the cracks is equally as important. Floss those teeth.
  • oil pulling: Swoosh coconut oil in your mouth to remove toxins and whiten teeth. I like to do while cleaning or reading. Swoosh for at least 20 minutes and spit out. Aim for a couple times a week.
  • tongue scraping: Our tongues are mirrors to our intestines. A thick white coating can indicate the presence of toxins and/or candida. Tongue scraping is great to reset your palate, cleanse your breath and prevent toxins from reentering your body.

Start to weave these into your daily tooth care. You will notice and feel a difference. Educate your friends and kids, it will save you money, time and pain in the long run.

  • Skin FRESH: wash face, eyes, and mouth with cool, clean water. Avoid soap and/or harsh cleansers. If you can’t eat it try leaving it off your skin. Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs EVERYTHING.
  • Hydrate your BEING: First thing in the morning drink room temperature water with a squirt of lemon ( or apple cider vinegar). Lemon or lime is detoxifying and alkalizing. To speed metabolism and digestion add cayenne pepper and/or ginger. Also, try dabbing pink salt on your tongue before drinking your morning tonic. Pink sea salt, full of electrolytes and minerals, will quench your thirst and hydrate your intestines. It will also help regulate blood sugar and stabilize your body’s PH.
  • Quiet your MIND: Make it a priority to sit in silence for at least 10-15 minutes each morning. If not in the morning, try at sunset or before bed.   Just be here for a moment with no expectations. Clear your mind, connect with the elements around you and allow your whole nervous system to relax. Focus on your breath and nothing else.
  • Move your BODY: Move in some way every day: run, yoga, swim, walk, dance, surf, stretch. I have found my productivity and energy throughout the day is higher when exercise starts on my day.  If you don’t have the time first thing, squeeze in 10-15 minute increments throughout the day. Take the stairs, walk to the post office, run around with the kids, bike to work, dance like no one is watching, water the garden, clean ( blast the tunes-get into it), work on the house, organize the kitchen and/or garage. Call a friend if you need help being accountable ( I do!) schedule a workout together so you can’t back out.

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Renew: Take a cold shower first thing to wake your body. Great for circulation, especially after little sleep and too much booze. Wash with nontoxic yummy soaps and massage your body with coconut oil infused with your favorite essential oil. Start your day feeling fresh.

Whats THAT?!: You can tell a lot about your digestion and overall health by our poop. “They,” say its best if soft brown, little odor and well-formed. Check in if its pellet like, foul and full of undigested foods. If that’s the case, reevaluate what you ate the day before and check in with your energy and skin to see to see if there’s a correlation. And remember to not panic when you eat beets the night before

DESAYUNO: According to Ayurvedic tradition, eating our first meal around 8-8:30 am will ignite our “Agni”  or metabolic fire. Great, let’s get it fired up, but for me, my schedule is all over the place.  I have a hard time eating first thing, but an hour later I’m ravenous. If you’re not a hungry first thing, hydrate and pack a snack, be prepared so you don’t crash. Also, try to avoid eating 2 hours before bed.

  • Healthy Stuff

PRE SWEAT

Morning Green VIBRANCE:  

the goods:

  • coconut water ( 1 pipa or 1 can)
  • young coconut meat ( or a spoonful of almond butter)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbs maca
  • 1 tbs spirulina
  • a spoonful of coconut oil
  • tsp vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Camu Camu powderhigh in vitamin c – I add when feeling run down or about to travel)

to create:

BLEND ALL TOGETHER WITH LOTS OF LOVE

** I find balancing smoothies with a fat ( coconut oil), protein ( spirulina/whey, hemp or gelatin) and sugar (fruit) satisfies hunger and energy for longer when all aspects are combined. This will prevent the sugar high and crash. A balance of fat/protein and sugar will help our bodies utilize all nutrients and sustain for a couple hours before a workout.

If you’re without a blender, fear not, experience fruit in its whole state. I encourage you to build a relationship with the fruit, especially when you consume every day. How does it make you feel? Experience the texture, flavor, and effects in its whole state, alternate this with juicing and blending. 

Here are a few:

  • Banana mashed with tahini ( or whole organic yogurt), spirulina, cinnamon and the sprinkle of salt. ( optional add soaked almonds)
  • Papaya with lime, pinch of sea salt and spirulina ( and/or hemp seeds)
  • Apple sliced and cooked in a bit of coconut oil. Adorned with cinnamon, drizzle with honey, tahini and sea salt.

A few other options before heading out:

  • Avocado toast: a slice of sprouted or whole grain toast with avocado, lime and sea salt. ( optional add: nutritional yeast & soft boiled egg)
  • Supercharged Bliss Ball: ** see recipe below

Supercharged Bliss Ball

Apres SWEAT:

 A mix of protein and carbs is great for the body to replenish after exercise. Best to eat 30 minutes after exercise. Replenish your muscles, don’t let yourself crash. 

  • See: Sweet Potato recipes (previous post) 
  • See Jungle Egg Salad ( below)
  • Morning Love Oats: soaked oats in water for an hour or overnight, rinse and stir in couple tablespoons of chia with coconut water, cinnamon, spirulina, maca, maple syrup or honey, and a sprinkling of sea salt.
  • Macro Morning: millet( soaked overnight and rinsed) cooked in coconut water. Towards the end of cooking add a handful of greens ( chard, kale or spinach). Finish with avocado, a handful of sprouts and poached egg or steamed fish.
  • Amazonian Desayuno: steamed fish, boiled green plantain ( sweet potato, quinoa or wild rice also works nice) and steamed greens. Simple and satisfying.

 

TO COOK: steam, cook in coconut oil, or organic pasture raised butter/ghee. Avoid cooking with vegetable oils, which are unstable under high heat.

Supercharged Bliss Ball

Super Charged Bliss Ball: ( will last for a couple months in the freezer, if they don’t get eaten)

the goods:

  • 1 cup dried fruit ( banana, pineapple, dates)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup oats
  •  1/4 cup cacao
  • 2 TB maca
  • 2 TB honey or maple syrup
  • 2 TB spirulina
  • sprinkling cinnamon and sea salt

to create:

In the food processor blend fruit until past forms. Then add rest of the ingredients except honey. Process until incorporated and then add honey to bring it all together. Form into balls, store in the refrigerator for a week or in a freezer for up to a month.

JUNGLE EGG SALAD

the goods:

4 boiled eggs

1/4 avocado ( or TB of tahini)

1 TB  nutritional yeast

sea salt to taste.

juice of the lime ( or a splash of apple cider vinegar)

handful fresh chopped dill and chives

to create:

Boil eggs 8-10 minutes. Cool and peel. Mash avocado, nutritional yeast, chopped herbs, lime and sea salt. Eat with a fork, on top of the steamed sweet potato, organic corn chips, mix in with chopped kale, or wrap up in a collard leaf.

Some Words…

What didn’t happen today can wait until tomorrow. Relax and stop being so hard on yourself. We are constantly evolving, expanding our consciousness, building strength in both body, mind, and spirit.  Each day a clean slate, wipe the old away and start fresh. Cultivate awareness around unconscious debilitating habits that no longer serve us and call in relationships and routines that benefit us on all levels.

DANCE OF LIFE

Back in the jungle with my handsome-hairy love after a few FULL weeks in the States. HEART opening, humbling, exciting and exhausting to say the least, but genuinely GRATEFUL for the experiences. I’m struggling with finding the balance between my life here in the jungle and in the States. I travel to the mainland full and bright and somehow return to the jungle depleted and defeated, a dance that I will master with time.

DANCE OF LIFE


In the eye of the storm, spiraling, riding the undulating twists and turns that this beautiful life brings. Each moment so rich and full, I can truly taste it. Even my dream world is vividly succulent. My senses stimulated, my mind a cluttered mess, my body continuously healing, waking up to the infinite possibilities; an ongoing journey of finding peace and love within. Each moment that we authentically show up, our experiences more full, our offerings more genuine.


LIFE, like the unpredictable waves of the sea, truly beautiful in all its magic and mystery. As the years have passed, I continue to experience an abundance of unexpected lessons in life, love, and health that are not always easy to confront, honestly painful at times, but I feel I’m here to do the work. Opening my eyes to the infinite possibilities, stepping back into my body, shedding what no longer serves me one day at a time. I continue to gather the pieces of the puzzle, along with my journey, humbled, inspired and stoked to share a piece of my experience with YOU.


So that being said, I must give Facebook a rest. It’s equally a distraction and a communication tool for me. I will continue to write here on lady love food.

MAMA BEATS CANCER

Life. It’s beautiful, an absolute blessing and can also be completely and utterly confusing and painful. Each day on this Earth a blessing with much beauty in both the dark and light. As humans,  we’re inevitably bound to experience some sort of suffering.  During these times, we have a  choice to revert to our old ways or shed awareness around new ways to better ourselves and the world around us.  All of us have a different purpose/calling/gift to share with the world. Understanding our purpose sometimes becomes more clear after experiencing these challenges.

Change is happening every second. Our cells are regenerating and deteriorating in this very moment. New people come in and out of our lives, as do tragedies, sickness and unfortunate events. Sometimes the dark moments feel as if nothing else matters and time has stopped.  Whatever your challenge is, know that you’re not alone. When we get to that dark spot, we can only move into the light. These obstacles do indeed strengthen our soul, further our progression and evolution as a human. Its hard to see this in the thick of it all, but know your journey is not only making you stronger, but is inspiring others to do the same.

My mother tackled cancer a few years ago with much grace, strength and humility. Not only did it bring our family closer, but she made some changes to her daily life that were no longer serving her.   I hope you enjoy this blog written by my beautiful mother  on life changes she has made since battling breast cancer.

Here’ s a snippet of her story and suggestions:

“You have cancer”.  Frightening words for anyone to hear.  I was in the Home Depot parking lot, by myself, scared and crying when I received The Call.  Thousands of questions and what ifs going through my mind.  Ultimately, I was very lucky – my tumor was small and contained.  A lumpectomy, 37 days of radiation, and 4 years of estrogen blocking drugs later, and I am a survivor!

All this to say, I changed a lot in my life after this wake up call.  I have been healthy all of my life.  I have always exercised – played sports in high school and college and worked out consistently since.  I ate fairly well – I do have a sweet tooth and love to bake, but in general made healthy choices.  However, cancer made me change a lot.

LET GO OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: 

My 30 year daily habit of Diet Coke was the first to go.  I gave it up, cold turkey, upon diagnosis.  I let go of all artificial sugars such as Aspartame, Splenda, Sucrose, Nutri-sweet and Equal. Strong evidence links these poisons to cancer and weight gain. Best to go with natural sugars in moderation. Grade B Maple Syrup, Local Honey, Raw Cane Sugar and/ or real fruit are best options to satisfy that sweet tooth.

BUY ORGANIC AND LOCAL:

Secondly, I try to buy organic foods.   If not available, buy from your local farmers. CSAs ( community supported agriculture) are fabulous!  The variety of fruits and produce is astounding! Check out localharvest.org to find local options near you.

LOSE THE MICROWAVE:

Next I got rid of my microwave.  Microwave cooking changes the nutrients in your food.  These are not healthy changes, but changes that cause deterioration in the human systems.  It zaps all of the good stuff out of your food. Try slow cookers, pressure cookers, or steam on the stove top.

LET GO OF TOXIC HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS: 

Our skin is our biggest organ, we absorb everything through our skin. Buy non-toxic cleaning supplies and reevaluate the beauty products you put on your skin.

Cleaning supplies are almost always filled with health-changing toxins that you won’t find listed on their labels.  If you are using products that don’t say nontoxic, you can be sure they are filled with toxins.  There are plenty of effective nontoxic products to replace the ones you use!

This article is amazing on making household products:

MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

READ HERE TO SEE HOW:

FOOD AND WINE publishes my article: “9 DIY Treatments to Make in your Kitchen” 

Some more words:

Get back to the basics. Eat real food, drink lots of water, if you can’t pronounce don’t consume or apply on your body. Eat food in its raw state or simply cook in coconut oil or butter. Get plenty of sleep, move your body every day and do what makes you happy. Let go of the clutter in your house and in your relationships. Know that every obstacle is an opportunity for growth. Life is constantly changing every moment and will continue to ebb and flow until we leave this dimension.

Whatever your reality is, embrace it, soar high, inspire those around you, help those in need, love your blood, but don’t try to change them. Be patient with yourself and others around you. Give thanks for another day.

photo credit: #1 and #2 Eduardo Herrara